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News of the World 'hacked Milly Dowler phone'


Mr Mistoffelees

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From the BBC: BBC News

I would say The News of the world had sunk even lower in my esteem but, that would not be possible.

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john bunyan

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On radio it says they may have hacked into Jessica's dad's (as in Hollie and Jessica) phone too.

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interzone55

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Rebekah Brooks, News International chief has vowed to take "strongest possible action" if claims that the phone of Milly Dowler was hacked are proven.

This should be interesting, as she was editor of NotW at the time.

The Guardian has done some good work researching this story, and I read a very interesting article earlier today that they published in March, regarding an investigator regularly employed by the NotW and other papers, who was arrested and sentenced to 7 years in 1999 for a separate matter, but during the police investigations he was found to have paid of police, customs, tax, and bank officials to get information for the press.

One of his coleagues, who was also in the pay of the press, was jailed for child porn offences.

BBC link

Guardian link

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Forum Editor

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Let's remember - before frothing at the mouth - that the current story about Milly Dowler's phone being hacked is an allegation.

There's lots of media attention, and of course the allegation is extremely serious, but we're not going to discuss it as though it's a matter of fact, because as yet it isn't.

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I have just deleted a great slab of text that was pasted from elsewhere.

Please do not paste huge tracts of text from other sources - it may infringe someone else's copyright, and it's not necessary; post a link to the source instead.

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zzzz999

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Sorry it was from the Guardian.

Here's a link to Hugh Grant enacting his revenge

http://www.newstatesman.com/newspapers/2011/04/phone-yeah-cameron-murdoch

Prime Minister Cameron appears too close for comfort

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john 52

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The latest news is that ford are removing there adverts from the paper and more companies are reviewing there advertising strategy

Ford by pulling its advertising in News of the World

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zzzz999

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aye and Ford are going to spend it instead on the Sun and the Times.

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morddwyd

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"These "companies" should be closed down. I reckon that's the only way to stop them"

The only way to stop them is for us, the great British public, to stop buying the rubbish they purvey.

That is not going to happen.We, you and I, "the public" love it. (As an individual I do not take a daily paper, and I have not read the NoW for about fifty years, but I am still part of the society which causes it to thrive)

Neither is any democratically elected goivernement going to close down any secion of a free press (even if it could), until they commit a string of much more serious offences than this.

That is a very dangerous road to start down.

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Forum Editor

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"The only way to stop them is for us, the great British public, to stop buying the rubbish they purvey."

Don't hold your breath.

The News of the World is by far the most popular Sunday newspaper in the country with sales of just under 3 million copies. Compare that to the Mail on Sunday with 1.9 million,and the Sunday Mirror with a tad over 1 million and you get some idea of the tastes of the great British public.

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Chegs ®™

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I've read the various links & my opinion is...

a)Prescott hasn't a clue,what on earth can he or anyone else do to stop the buy-out of BskyB and what has this to do with the case being discussed?

b)There are some reprehensible people working in journalism if they chase a story with absolutely no notion of the possible grief they cause to the Dowlers.

It should not require laws to prevent this kind of thing happening,someone should think of the possible consequences their actions might cause & have a shred of decency rather than be solely driven by the need for a Headline.

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